Robert W. Healy
|Robert W. Healy|
|City Manager of Cambridge, Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||James Sullivan|
|Succeeded by||Richard Rossi|
|Acting City Manager of Lowell, Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||James Sullivan|
|Succeeded by||Paul J. Sheehy|
|Born||August 1943 (age 70)|
Robert W. Healy is an American city manager who was the longest-serving city manager in the history of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served from July 1, 1981 until June 30, 2013. Prior to assuming his current position, Healy initially served as acting city manager from July 1, 1981 to December 14, 1981. He also served as acting City Manager of Lowell, Massachusetts in 1974.
Under the Plan E Charter, the city manager is hired by a simple majority of the nine-member city council and serves "at the pleasure of the City Council." 
Healy retired as City Manager on June 30, 2013.
In recent history, the media has highlighted the salary of the City Manager as being one of the highest in the State of Massachusetts. The salary is higher than that of the Mayor of the City of Boston, some opinion editorials claim his salary is double that of the Governor of Massachusetts, or in some instances, almost that of the President of the United States. In February 2011, City Councillor Leland Cheung pushed a policy order that would call for greater transparency in city council contracts for the Office of the City Manager's salary.
Healy fought a controversial 13-year legal battle against charges of racial discrimination. In 1998, four city employees filed charges of racial discrimination. After two trials and repeated appeals, the City was found liable for retaliation, not discrimination, against one of the victims and was ordered to pay a $4.5 million judgment. With interest and fees, Cambridge paid a total of $8.3 million in this case. shortly thereafter, Cambridge settled of the other discrimination cases, the terms of which were not revealed.
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